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All in an Expat Weekend

Sometimes weekends pass with nothing out of the ordinary coming to pass.  This was not one of those weekends.  Nothing dramatic happened but we saw several things that made me double take.  Life abroad is full of things we don’t … Continue reading

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Oh The Twists and Turns of This Life We Lead…

The windy mountain road we navigate to get to and from our house is a metaphor for our life here in Taiwan.  It is full of twists and turns and near misses; but overall, lovely and with perks.  Like many … Continue reading

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Waiting for Westley

One of the most complicated parts of our relocation to Taiwan is moving our beloved canine companion, our four year old, three legged, German Shorthaired Pointer, Westley. (We are big fans of The Princess Bride.) We adopted Westley when he … Continue reading

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Searching High and Low for Bread and a Run

I can’t find a reliable source for sliced bread.  I thought I had, but it turns out I haven’t.  I’m looking forward to the arrival of our bread machine in our shipment as much as anything.  I’ve been to the … Continue reading

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Sharing Nature

I know that if we are going to live in nature, we have to share it with the other creatures who occupy it, but it’s going to take some getting used to, I can tell. When we were selecting the … Continue reading

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Stages of Culture Shock

Culture shock is a reality, no matter how similar the new culture appears to be. The stages of culture shock are spelled out in the official health handbook of my husband’s office. I can attest to the fact that these … Continue reading

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Costco in Taipei: The Same as Home but with Taiwanese Characteristics

The morning after our arrival, our welcome family took me to Costco.  I have to admit that knowing there is a Costco here was extremely comforting to me, making the move slightly less overwhelming. The store was pretty much as … Continue reading

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Home is Where the Navy Sends Us

I made it to 9:00 pm and am ready for bed, but since many people have asked about our house and surroundings, I wanted to share some before I fall asleep. We arrived Thursday night and are getting the lay … Continue reading

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